For the first time ever, in violation of international norms, Turkey has cut off ALL fresh water supplies to Syria and Iraq from the dams supplied by the Euphrates river. Turkey never signed the Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses adopted by the United Nation’s recognized Members. Turkey’s government considers this a private trans-border issue therefore no other countries have jurisdictional authority to interfere.
The Euphrates river (Firat in Turkish) rises from Eastern Anatolia, flows generally southward through southeastern Turkey around Sanliurfa, Adiyaman and Gaziantep provinces, goes across the border into Syria and Iraq passing from Mesopotamia, and empties into the Persian Gulf in Basra after joining with the Tigris river in Shatt al-Arab. Its total lenght is approximately 2.800 km (1.740 mi), out of which 971 km (603 mi) are in Turkey.
Turkey is one of the only three countries in the world (along with China and Burundi) that opposed the Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1997.
The lack of constant water pressure may cause the dams to collapse as happens in the case of sink holes in varied geographic locations around the world.
Meanwhile, water supplies in auxiliary reservoirs in al-Khafsa are close to being depleted and the reservoirs are expected to run out of water completely by tonight or tomorrow morning at the latest. This threatens to leave seven million Syrians without access to water. Also, Tishrin Dam stopped receiving any water which blocked its electricity generating turbines, decreasing the power supply in Aleppo and its countryside, further intensifying the already severe imbalance in the power supply.
In Raqqa, the northern side of Lake Assad is today completely out of service. Two million Syrians living in the region covering the villages of Little Swaydiya to the east until al-Jarniya to the west could lose their drinking water supply. “Losing water supplies in the dam means that the silt in the lake will dry off which would pressure its structure, subjecting it to fissures and eventually total collapse,” Al-Akhbar sources warned, adding “it is crucial to shut down the dam to stop its collapse.”
What does this mean for troops still stationed in Iraq? Do we even have US troops still stationed in Iraq? We may indeed have US Troops back in Iraq by urgent request of the Iraqi government itself. The AP reported that 20 troops were killed on May 11th, 2014 in Baghdad yet did not specify which troops. But didn’t the Obama administration officially pull out all US Troops from Iraq in 2011? Well, yes…but
According to ForeignPolicy.com, the United States government has sold over $14,000,000,000.00 (Fourteen Billion Dollars) worth of high tech heavy duty weaponry and planes to Iraq including “Apache attack helicopters, M1A1 tanks, F-16 fighter jets, Hellfire missiles, small arms, and a raft of small aircraft, some of which provide surveillance capabilities.”
F-16 at Dawn
In exchange, Iraq was supposed to be looking at the larger international implications of its maneuvers.
Previously all US military were expunged from Iraq with fanfare as if we were becoming unwanted ‘occupiers.’ Yet now, in the utmost of irony, Iraq is pleading with US Administration to lend it more support, particularly with reconnaissance and weaponized drones and even feet on the ground from our military. Iraq had stated all along that we had a common enemy, al Qaeda.
Based upon the recent developments of Obama’s incomprehensible actions of trading five top, highly trained enemy Islamic Jihadists from Gitmo for one US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who may have been allegedly turned into an Islamist himself (and reportedly has a father who has sympathetic ties to Afghanistan and Islamic goals and ideals which are themselves at enmity with our US Government), it would not be clear to an outsider to think that we are at war with al Qaeda. Sgt Bowe Bergdahl’s own platoon now state for the record that he planned on walking from Afghanistan to India with compass in hand. Bergdahl was, in their firm opinion, a deserter. And six fellow heroic soldiers in the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment died attempting to find Bowe after his capture by the Taliban.
Their names are listed in order to remember and honor their utmost sacrifice for laying down their lives to defend Freedom for our Republic of The United States of America:
Private First Class Morris Walker
Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen
Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss
Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews
Private First Class Matthew Martinek
Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey
It is important to name all these names. For the veterans of the units that lost these men, Bergdahl’s capture and the subsequent hunt for him will forever tie to their memories, and to a time in their lives that will define them as people. He has finally returned. Those men will never have the opportunity. ~ Nathan Bradley Bethea
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